Youth find their voice at the PuSh Festival

The Youth Assembly, a one-day performing arts conference run by and made for youth, is returning to this year’s PuSh Festival. The Assembly will also be one of the final meetings for this year’s PuSh Youth Academy, a smaller group that for the last two months has regularly met up to see shows, listen to…

Indian Indigenous art makes a stop at the Surrey Art Gallery

This month the Surrey Art Gallery will showcase an art collection featuring Indigenous Indian art rarely seen in North America. Curated by Drs. Aurogeeta Das and David Szanton with assistance from curating consultant Jeffrey Wechsler, the exhibition’s stop at the Surrey Art Gallery is the only one in Canada. The exhibition runs Jan. 20–Mar. 25.…

Mother-son team of artists explore ghosts and death

When Derya and Dilara Akay found out they could work together on an art project that has personal significance to them, they jumped on the opportunity. “We live on different continents and with this project we wanted to spend time together and learn from each other in the light of collaborating as artist aside from…

Theatre from the millennial lens

Midtwenties Theatre Society, a recent addition to the Vancouver theatre community, will be premiering their first original production, Above the Hospital, on Jan. 12 at the Red Gate Revue Stage at Granville Island. Beau Han Bridge, the play’s writer and director, has always been an active member of the arts and theatre community but feels that…

Connecting to the homeland through art

Deep inside Jose Urbay’s heart, there’s a land of gold where he sources his artistic inspirations. Born and raised in Havana City, Cuba, Urbay considers his homeland the backbone of his artworks. “It’s where I come from and it’s the goal of my works,” says Urbay, now a Vancouver-based visual artist and graphic designer. Urbay…

Workshop seeks to provide new perspective on artisan chocolate

With the holiday season approaching, many are sure to consider a box of chocolates as a gift. But how much is commonly known about chocolate? Geoseph Domenichiello, a chocolate sommelier and chocolatier, will be hosting a chocolate sensory workshop Dec. 17 to provide chocolate lovers with some answers. Domenichiello is of Italian descent and grew…

East Van Panto explores Snow White fairytale

For the past five years, Theatre Replacement has been putting on pantos, setting them in local places. This year’s is set at the PNE. Theatre Replacement founders James Long and Maiko Yamamoto asked Mark Chavez to write this year’s panto. “They convinced me to do a panto because they wanted something different because they wanted…

Sound installations, settings, beckon listeners

Sound artist and instrument builder George Rahi and keyboardist and composer Robyn Jacobs will be performing a concert with the installation pulses // patterns at the Western Front on Dec. 14. The installation features a set of rotary speakers connected by a MIDI interface to a wooden pipe organ, reconceiving these separate musical inventions and…

Stories of Vietnam

Vancouver-based authors Brandy Lien Worrall and Elizabeth McLean will appear at the Kensington Branch of the Vancouver Public Library on Nov. 29, 2017 to discuss their respective books What doesn’t Kill Us and The Swallows Uncaged. These titles center on the joys and tragedies that have occurred over the course of Vietnam’s history and both authors…

Showcasing Asian heritage in improv

Instant Theatre will be bringing a martial arts themed improv show to the stage next month at Havana Theatre. Described as a kung fu spectacular, Fistful of Kicks aims to represent Asian Canadian improvisers in the theatre industry. Curt Da Silva, director of Fistful of Kicks, says that Instant Theatre specializes in improvisation theatre productions as well as…

The fabric of Salish lives

Susan Rowley describes Salish blankets as containing the threads of culture and environment, an aspect that emerges from the art of weaving. But for Rowley, curator of a new exhibition of Salish blankets, the threads being woven are more than literal. “All sorts of reconnections are being made,” says Rowley, associate professor at the University…

Live music, multimedia performance of cosmological stories

Orchid Ensemble and the Centre for Culture and Technology of UBC Okanagan will be presenting Music of the Heavens, a collaborative fusion of live music and multimedia animated visuals at the Norman Rothstein Theatre in Vancouver on Nov. 23. Lan Tung, founder of Orchid Ensemble, says it took five years for a team of students…

A crawl across arts and countries

Juan Pablo Gonzalez Amaya combines Venezuela with Vancouver, visual arts and music at the Eastside Culture Crawl. A Venezuelan-born artist, Gonzalez now calls Vancouver home. The influence of both cultures can be found in a new exhibition held as part of the Vancouver Eastside Culture Crawl. “My mom still lives in [Venezuela], so I know exactly…